December 20, 2009
Review: A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman
Synopsis: Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a mission from her mother to tempt Camry home for the family's annual winter solstice celebration. But Luke is hiding his own secret, and he'll need a little bit of magic to earn Camry's trust...and a whole lot of mistletoe to seduce his way into her heart. (from Amazon)
When I started this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. First, I felt as though I had walked into an existing conversation and missed the beginning. And secondly, I feared that this book would be as unbearably sweet and fluffy as an oversized cotton candy.
Happily, I was incorrect. While A Highlander Christmas is part of author Janet Chapman's Highlander series, and I had not read anything previously by Ms. Chapman, other than the initial first chapter or so of the book, I quickly got into the story. The character of Camry was a fun and interesting one, being smart, sassy and determined. Luke was a terrific hero, well suited for Camry. While their initial meeting and result was a bit predictable, their banter was energetic and fun to read. Yes, they fell in love in record time but it's entertainment.
For those readers who want nothing but realism in their books, A Highlander Christmas will not be for you. You must embrace and accept the idea of magic, as well as suspend some belief, to get everything out of this story. I personally tend to like stories with fantasy and the supernatural element and A Highlander Christmas gives you a nice dose of both.
While I don't recall there being objectionable language, and there is no real violence, other than a brief fight scene, there is a bit of sex and sexual matters. I didn't find it objectionable nor did I find it gratituous.
For myself, I ended up enjoying A Highlander Christmas and found it to be a pleasurable, if light, read -- perfect for a rainy (or snowy) afternoon, or to loll over while soaking in the bathtub. It may not be one of those stories that continues to stick in your mind long after you close the book, but it's a satisfying read while you're immersed in the pages.
A Highlander Christmas can be purchased now at all major booksellers, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Author Janet Chapman's website is here.
Many thanks to Sarah Reidy and Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.